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October 2005



Early reports on Alito not promising

I’m trying to get a little bit of an early handle on our new Supreme Court nominee. What I’ve seen hasn’t been exactly reassuring. First thing I saw was this rather sensational item:

Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying […]

Liberalism’s Brain on Drugs

At some point, everyone ought to throw his or her political theory — whatever it is — up against the wall of reality to see if it sticks. I ran smack into that wall when the state shackled Mark, one of my best friends, and hauled him off to a dank, violent, maximum-security prison for […]

Let’s see, who would be best qualified to resolve medical issues?

The federal government seems to think it’s the DEA, and they’re wrong. It’s time for all medical associations like this one to speak up, and assert their authority.

CANTON – Allegations that a Madrid doctor over prescribed narcotics and other painkillers should have been dealt with by his fellow physicians and not the criminal justice […]

Medical Marijuana – the road to true impairment analysis

As this legal article points out, medical marijuana is causing some consternation within businesses who use suspicionless drug testing. An important court case is pending on this and there’s likely to be more legal action in the future.

In the meantime, as the Oregon Court of Appeals articulated in Washburn, here’s what is at issue:


Marat Sade

This is off-topic for drug policy reform, but I thought I’d let you know more about my current extra-curricular project. I am musical director and performing in a production of “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” […]

Feeding the trolls

It’s pretty exciting to have reached a level of visibility and power in the blogosphere that I can attract trolls. It’s been, in some ways, a novel treat, and for our commenters, it’s been an opportunity to do a little practice. However, there’s a limit to the value of responding to trolls, because they aren’t […]

The real Red Ribbon

I haven’t commented on Red Ribbon Week – the DEA promoted event to encourage a drug-free life. I have no problem with people deciding to pursue a drug-free life. That’s their absolute choice and I support it. And I have no objection to commemorating the life of Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. However, the DEA […]

Action Alert: Elimination of Barriers for Katrina Victims Act

This is an alert that has been endorsed by just about every drug policy reform group

Nearly three million people have been displaced from their homes because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many have lost everything. Yet federal laws prohibit these victims from receiving welfare, food stamps, public housing, student loans and other benefits if […]

Marijuana night at Daily Kos

Thanks to Ben Masel for this… It’s often hard to get the Kos community to pay attention to the war on drugs, but they’ve got some interesting diary action up right now.

The Gnostic talks about marijuana’s anti-cancer properties and has a poll about legalization. Jared86 says that pot is harmful and a gateway drug […]

Exploiting the Drug War

Via EFSDP, I heard about this link to LEAD. The main page notes that this is the site of both:

Law Enforcement Against Drugs, and Local Educators Against Drugs

(The name appears to be a take-off on Law Enforcment Against Prohibition and Educators For Sensible Drug Policy) Then it tells you to “click on the […]